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February 2, 2018

By: Jonathan

CARS

Rare GTO Judge Ram Air IV Brings Staggering Price At Auction

Before the likes of Tom Brady and Michael Jordan there was another GOAT, the Pontiac GTO Judge. The GTO Judge was quintessential muscle car manufactured from the mid-60s to mid-70s and helped to solidify the presence of muscle cars in America.

This 1970 GTO Judge Ram Air IV Convertible was one of just 24 ever made with the Ram Air IV engine and 4-speed manual transmission and for that reason makes it exceedingly rare today. Additionally, before one even notices the engine or transmission they are presented with the unique Pepper Green paint, a far cry from the orange Judges which dominate popular culture. And just like the rest of the car, the paint is correct to the original; in fact, the entire car underwent a frame-off restoration to completely restore it.

Stripped to bare metal, framed removed, drivetrain rebuilt, new pistons, new valves, refinished crank, the list goes on and on for the extensive restoration and for good measure the entire engine assembly was finished with Pontiac engine paint. Following the professional restoration the GTO went on to claim honors at the 2017 GTOAA National Convention and 2017 Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals, in Chicago. All the hard work, accolades and rarity of this classic GTO Judge would combine to bring $440,000 at auction.

[Photography courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.]

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